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Group Leader

Rui Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto, Molecular Genetics, lab of Dr. Lewis Kay
PhD, University of Michigan, Chemistry, lab of Dr. Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
BSc, Peking University, China, Chemical Biology

Graduate students

Nicole Chen

MSc, University of Guelph, 2020-current
BSc, University of Guelph, 2016-2020

As a kid, I was always interested in all things related to science, whether it was electricity or the human body. I have always been infatuated with chemistry and its applications in drug development which led me to pursue a BSc in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry with the co-op option at the University of Guelph. As I start my MSc, I am excited to delve into the complex world of proteins and their behaviour through chemical and biophysical techniques. During my free time, I enjoy reading, trying new food, enjoying the outdoors, travelling, and watching basketball.

Baylie Kalnitsky

MSc, University of Guelph, 2022-current
BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-2021

I have always felt a natural pull towards academia as a means to gain further understanding of the world around me. My interests in high school led me to pursue a BSc in Biomedical Toxicology and Chemistry at UofG. During my undergrad, I discovered that my academic passions lay at the intersection of molecular biology and biophysical organic chemistry. I am now pursuing an MSc in Chemistry and Toxicology where my research will focus on various AAA+ proteins and their cofactors, using techniques like plasmid design and transformation, site-directed mutagenesis, column chromatography, enzyme assay, and NMR. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, skiing, playing my ukulele, watching crime dramas, and relaxing with my cat Wynona.

Undergraduate students

Husain Al-Jaberi

BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-current

Hi :wave: my name is Husain and I am currently doing my 4th year chemistry research project with Dr. Huang! In my free time I like to play soccer with friends, go to the gym and play video games. I am currently 22 years old and I was born and raised in London Ontario. My goal is to graduate from Guelph with my Bachelors in biological and pharmaceutical chemistry and then pursue a masters/doctors degree in organic chemistry :checkered_flag:

Sabrina Heddokheel

BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-current

My name is Sabrina Heddokheel and I am majoring in Biomedical Toxicology. I have always been very passionate about human health and chemistry, which led me to choose a degree that explores the effects of chemicals on biological systems. During the summer, I was fortunate enough to be selected as Dr. Huang’s URA student. This opportunity has allowed me to learn about NMR and how it is used to study and characterize protein structures, as well as to carry out mitochondrial protein expression and purification experiments. I extended my time in Dr. Huang’s lab by carrying out a fourth-year research project focussing on characterizing the oligomerization of human YME1L. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, staying active, and shopping!

Victoria Muir

BSc, University of Guelph, 2018-current

My name is Victoria and I am majoring in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I am currently doing my fourth year research project in Dr. Huang’s lab where I will be characterizing the subunit exchange of the protein p97 using NMR. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and watching sports.   

Jill Yuen

BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-current

Hi! My name is Jill Yuen and I’m currently pursuing a BSc in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Co-op). Through my studies, I’ve found a passion for analytical chemistry and I’m excited to be joining the Huang Lab for an undergraduate research project, focusing on the structural characterization of the bacterial DNA replication initiator protein, DnaA. When I’m not in the lab, my latest hobbies have included gardening and crocheting.

Simrah Waseem
Megan Black
Adam McMahon

Alumni

  • Chor Kwan Lam, Master of Bioinformatics, Capping Project, University of Guelph.
  • Sabrina Heddokheel, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student.
  • Jill Yuen, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student.
  • Husain Al-Jaberi, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student; Current: graduate study in Western Ontario University.
  • Aaron Ovadia, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student; Current: medical school student.

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